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FIFA Endorses Slavery in Qatar

Jonathan Crowl, The PostGame

Pressure Rises in Knockout Round

Ben Lyttleton, Planet Futbol

Unseen Factor in Champions League

John Molinaro, Sportsnet Magazine

Real Madrid Is Soccer's Real Deal

Joshua Robinson, Wall Street Journal

What's happening in Qatar is sickening: Some of the most beautiful soccer stadiums the world has ever seen are being built by migrant workers who have come to Qatar seeking work. W...(full article)

After a group stage in which the main lesson was that Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are still the teams to beat in this competition, the draw for the round of 16 took place Monda...(full article)

Skill, talent and coaching are all important factors in winning the UEFA Champions League. But fans and media sometimes forget how prominent a role that luck plays. Last season, Re...(full article)

Midway through Real Madrid’s pregame warmup on Saturday, inside the cavernous Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the starters broke into two groups. On one side of the field, the defende...(full article)

CARSON, Calif. -- Sunday’s MLS Cup was supposed to mark the end of an era with Landon Donovan’s retirement, and while we certainly saw a special chapter in American soccer clos...(full article)

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